On the Street
Plugs are unthreadingfrom every part of my bodysuspended like umbilical cordsI open the door and go outsideFoul airclusters at the end of each plugpeople everywherewalk with plugs suspended from their bodiescharged by the world's ragein the spaces betweenpebbles clothed in the air float buoyantly
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Yi Won is an award-winning poet from South Korea, whose avant-garde work is at the cutting edge of the contemporary Korean poetry scene. Born in Hwaseong, Gyeonggido Province in 1968, she holds a BA in creative writing from Seoul Institute of the Arts and a graduate degree from Dankook University’s creative writing department. She has published five poetry collections, When They Ruled the World(1996), A Thousand Moons Float in the River Yahoo! (2001), The World’s Lightest Motorcycle (2007), History of an Impossible Page (2012), and Let Love Be Born (2017), each from the publisher Munhak kwa Jiseongsa (Literature and Intellect). Her first prose collection, The Smallest Discovery, was published in November, 2017 by Minumsa. She currently lives in Seoul.
E. J. Koh is the author of A Lesser Love, winner of the Pleiades Press Editors Prize (Louisiana State University Press, 2017). Her memoir, The Magican Language of Others, will be published by Tin House Books in 2020. Her poems, translations, and stories have appeared in Boston Review, Columbia Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, World Literature Today, TriQuarterly, Seattle Review of Books, The Margins, PEN America, The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics (Black Ocean Press, 2014) and elsewhere. Koh accepted fellowships and scholarships from The American Literary Translators Association, The MacDowell Colony, Kundiman, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and The Jack Straw Writers Program. She earned her MFA at Columbia University in New York for Poetry with a joint-degree in Literary Translation in Korean and Japanese. She is completing her PhD at the University of Washington in Seattle for English Language and Literature. She has been featured on Poetry Society of America, Best of the Net, Culture Trip’s “10 Americans Changing the Face of Poetry,” The Seattle Channel, Brit + Co’s “16 Modern Poets” and others.
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